I mailed out the information on Lopi blankets a month or so ago; just a quick reminder that the absolute deadline for orders is September 15th - one week from today. I can only order them once a year - so the time is upon us! In case you missed it, the brochure is here: Lopi Blankets. The price is $199. I have the one I bought last year in the shop if you'd like to give it a squeeze. These blankets are just gorgeous - real Icelandic wool, made in Iceland. They are lofty and heirloom quality. If you want to order one, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the blanket and the stock number. They are delivered stateside at the end of October/beginning of November; I ship them to you (or they can be picked up) as soon as they arrive at my shop.
With the temperatures starting to cool a little bit we're all getting excited about Fall projects!
First up, Rachel and Renee are guiding our crocheters through a cardigan crochet-a-long. Both are working away on their samples; we'll be kicking it off September 22. The pattern we're using is Katy Petersen's Kram Cardi, a cute open front cardigan that will be flattering for most folks! Renee is using Ultra Wool (worsted) and Rachel is using Wool Pop (DK weight). If you're interested in joining along, send me an email email@example.com or stop by the shop.
(Katy Petersen photo)
It's that season - there are so many patterns for making little pumpkins; they are starting to appear on the work table. Folks are especially enjoying the effect of the tweedy orange wool skeins. I've also got just a couple of the varigated worsted skeins that work up into the cleverest indian corn corncobs for seasonal wreaths.
Next up we'll be starting the knitted 12 Days of Christmas Mittens garland by Kathy Lewinski. It's available on Ravelry as well. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but in the shop we'll be using DK weight Kingston Tweed. If you'd like to knit along with us, stop in or send me an email. I can easily put together a kit for my folks who are out-of-town. If you count out the weeks it's not too soon to get those started.
Anyone interested in knitting Christmas stockings? I've got several great patterns by Yankee Knitter designs (these can be seen on my website). I can put together a kit, or if you're local and new to stockings or socks, come on in and I'll help you at the elbow!
New sock yarns are in - I just love the Knitting Fever Fair Isle worsted superwash Australian wool blend. If you're up north these make thick warm socks that work up quickly on US 4 or 5 needles. In our more mild area folks are using it for slipper socks (shorter cuffs). A couple of my customers have worked it up into fun mitts too! It's self patterning and comes in fun colors.
In traditional sock weight yarn (worked on US 1 or 2 needles) there are three glorious shades of rich tonal burgundy(byzantium), sapphire and balsam in the Kettle-dyed Huasco yarn from Peru. There are also some classic neutrals from Wonderland Yarns called "Mary Ann" in tonal soft grays, deep teal blue, soft burgundy. Both are smooth and supple, there's nothing like hand knitted socks....
New Noro yarns in 100% wool have arrived in glorious color changing skeins characteristic of the brand.
I've got expanded colors in the very popular Remix recycled yarn(DK) as well as new shades of Wool Pop (also DK) - a wool and bamboo blend that has slightest sheen and feels wonderful in garments worn against the skin. As I write this I'm knitting a patterned yoke sweater in Winter Squash that is soft with a gentle drape and spectacular stitch detail.
For those with wool sensitivity I've got many yarns in alternate fibers, including a new 100% organic cotton hand-dyed in upstate NY called "Textures".
One of my customers suggested a simple cowl in which you purl where the yarn is plump and knit where it is thin - easy!!
Ready to take on a sweater? Stop by, I'm happy to help - we can do as simple or complex as you're comfortable with! Renee models Berroco's Etta sweater in Summer Sesame:
I offer knitting lessons; if you are in need of some help just let me know and we'll set up a time that works for you. While I can do classes, I find that one-on-one is really most effective. Let's get you launched! Renee is also happy to do the same for our crocheters.
One final thing - it's finally time to get the Coastal Purl ribbon-cutting done! It had been delayed over a year for Covid, but we're going to get this done (hopefully!!) Friday, October 15th at 4:40 pm, kindly organized by our Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments will be served. If you're local please join us!!
Wishing you the best,
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